my contribution to the Ctrl Alt Right Delete newsletter this week. It’s a brief look back at a crystallizing moment in the history of the alt-right. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here. The Washington, DC offices of Judicial Watch were crowded on the evening of May 8th, 2013. Founded for… Continue Reading →
It appeared that there wasn’t anybody minding the store when Air Force One went wheels up en route to the Middle East. All the big name advisors were on board, from Tillerson, to Bannon, to Kushner. But late last night–only 24 hours into the tour–The New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman tweeted that someone was cutting… Continue Reading →
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 18, 2017
Following a rare briefing of the entire Senate by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Senator Lindsey Graham met with a pack of reporters on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest on the probe into Russian interference in the election.
And after Rosenstein’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel, Graham announced that the probe has fundamentally changed in nature.
“It’s now considered a criminal investigation,” Graham said.
Graham added that Congress will now have “severely limited” ability to conduct any investigation, and seemed to suggest that some of his colleagues on the Hill who banged the drum for a special counsel didn’t fully grasp the ramifications.
There was an actual lengthy, substantive discussion on Morning Joe this morning with Tim Snyder, a history professor and the author of the best-seller “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” Willie Geist, and Joe Scarborough. Snyder reminded them that “most republics and most democracies fail,” and that history provides tools to help. “Because a… Continue Reading →
I wonder what the MAGA gang will think of this:
Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.
President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have repeatedly said they want to shrink the federal role in education and give parents more opportunity to choose their children’s schools.
The documents — described by an Education Department employee as a near-final version of the budget expected to be released next week — offer the clearest picture yet of how the administration intends to accomplish that goal.
According to the latest bombshell report by the Washington Post, Trump’s little meeting with Russian foreign minister Lavrov wasn’t just a photo opportunity with Tass. Instead it appears that Trump disclosed some sensitive and key information critical to national security with…Russia. According to the report, information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through… Continue Reading →
Some of us have noticed this about the Republicans for a long, long time. Paul Krugman:
How did a whole party become so, well, un-American? For this story now goes far beyond Trump.
In some ways conservatism is returning to its roots. Much has been made of Trump’s revival of the term “America First,” the name of a movement opposed to U.S. intervention in World War II. What isn’t often mentioned is that many of the most prominent America-firsters weren’t just isolationists, they were actively sympathetic to foreign dictators; there’s a more or less straight line from Charles Lindbergh proudly wearing the medal he received from Hermann Göring to Trump’s cordial relations with Rodrigo Duterte, the literally murderous president of the Philippines.
But the more proximate issue is the transformation of the Republican Party, which bears little if any resemblance to the institution it used to be, say during the Watergate hearings of the 1970s. Back then, Republican members of Congress were citizens first, partisans second. But today’s G.O.P. is more like a radical, anti-democratic insurgency than a conventional political party.
The political analysts Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein have been trying to explain this transformation for years, fighting an uphill battle against the false equivalence that still dominates punditry. As they note, the G.O.P. hasn’t just become “ideologically extreme”; it is “dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”
So it’s naïve to expect Republicans to join forces with Democrats to get to the bottom of the Russia scandal — even if that scandal may strike at the very roots of our national security. Today’s Republicans just don’t cooperate with Democrats, period. They’d rather work with Vladimir Putin.
In fact, some of them probably did.
Now, maybe I’m being too pessimistic. Maybe there are enough Republicans with a conscience — or, failing that, sufficiently frightened of an electoral backlash — that the attempt to kill the Russia probe will fail. One can only hope so.
But it’s time to face up to the scary reality here. Most people now realize, I think, that Donald Trump holds basic American political values in contempt. What we need to realize is that much of his party shares that contempt.
After James Comey was fired by Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the floor and called for Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the investigation of Russia’s involvement in our 2016 presidential election. His call was so vital and so important that he demanded that all Democrats come… Continue Reading →
Other than the obvious reason, I mean:
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 10, 2017
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) May 10, 2017
What a tangled web we weave! AM Joy panelists discuss the latest news that the Trump transition team tried to deter National Security Adviser Michael Flynn from meeting with the Russian ambassador. Joy asked her panelists whether the Trump transition team may have thought Michael Flynn was just naive about Russia. “Maybe he didn’t know who… Continue Reading →